Global HR Director

Aberdeen or Edinburgh, Scotland — Human Resources


The Global HR Director is responsible for the day to day operations of the Human Resources team, reporting to the Chief Financial Officer.


Principal Duties

  • Responsible for all aspects of HR across the global organisation, including direct management of the HR team
  • Developing and implementing HR initiatives in line with organisational objectives
  • Leading the organisation’s HR department, including talent acquisition, learning and development, employee relations and engagement, compensation and benefits, talent management, HR Information Systems (HRIS) and financial planning of the department
  • Liaising directly with the executive board and being accountable for the performance of the HR function and the departments within it, as well as providing strategic counsel on all people matters
  • Contributing to long-term goals around business and people development, including succession planning and c-suite talent acquisition
  • Developing company wellbeing, health and counselling policies
  • Leading the analysis of employee feedback and data, with the aim of creating a better working environment and engaged culture
  • Creating and managing the HR department’s annual budget
  • Taking oversight of the company’s culture
  • Global responsibility for the organisation’s talent functions and culture

Service Excellence

  • Respond to all queries from internal and external customers and suppliers
  • Ensure that any issues are reported to the Chief Financial Officer and dealt with promptly

Team Focus

  • Management of the HR team
  • Prioritisation of own and staff’s workload on a day to day basis
  • Regular communication with Chief Financial Officer
  • Develop effective working relationships with colleagues and external suppliers
  • Ensuring a safe working environment and raising any health and safety concerns immediately
  • Develops and coaches all individuals within the team to achieve their potential
  • Conduct employee reviews and annual appraisals driving individual development plans
  • Manage individuals under performance and behaviours not aligned with core values of the company
  • Cleary communicates to team with the ability to inspire and energise
  • Recognises great performance in individuals and celebrates team success
  • Shows honesty and integrity within the team

Commercial Awareness

  • Identifying any process improvement areas and highlighting them to the Chief Financial Officer
  • Showing initiative with new ideas in order to drive business improvements
  • Have a good level understanding of the organisation structure and processes to help identify improvements in efficiency and effectiveness


  • Qualified to degree level and also hold a relevant professional certificate from an accredited organisation such as the CIPD
  • Organisational skills – personal efficiency, time management skills and the ability to prioritise
  • Communication skills – to lead the HR team, managing diverse personalities and viewpoints. Emotional intelligence, the ability to build relationships and collaborate with others is vital
  • Commercial acumen – involved in strategic decision-making within the business as an influencer. Being able to understand company finances, resourcing and the ultimate aims of the business is important
  • As a senior member of the executive team, expected to demonstrate and lead on the values, initiatives and culture of the organisation
  • Professional expertise – A strong working knowledge of employment law issues, best practice processes for disciplinaries, redundancies and payroll is required, as well as experience of employee relations
  • Coaching and mentoring – at all levels of management, you will be proficient in developing talent
  • Interface with the CEO, CFO, CTO, CCO and COO on a regular basis. A trusted confidante on talent issues, unafraid of giving your opinions and expertise
  • International experience across a range of countries within EMEA, APAC & Americas
  • Acquisition and integration experience
  • Excellent IT skills including sound working knowledge of MS Office; particularly Excel
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills
  • Goal oriented, has a strategic mind set, plans accordingly for all activities
  • Leadership and project management
  • Take responsibility and accountability of own and the HR team’s work
  • Calm and professional under pressure
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